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Speaking Out: Personal Testimonies of Rights Violations Experienced by Sex Workers in Kenya

The National Empowerment Network for Persons Living with HIV and AIDS in Kenya (NEPHAK), the Kenya Sex Workers Alliance (KESWA), the Bar Hostess Empowerment and Support Programme (BHESP) and the Global Network of People Living with HIV (GNP+) have published their report Speaking Out: Personal Testimonies of Rights Violations Experienced by Sex Workers in Kenya. This report focuses on human rights violations among female sex workers living with HIV. It is based on a literature review and interviews conducted in May 2014 among 30 sex workers living with HIV in six counties: Nairobi, Mombasa, Kiambu, Machakos, Kisumu, and Busia. 

Winnipeg Sex Workers Debunk Football Event Trafficking Claims

The Winnipeg Working Group for Sex Workers’ Rights is speaking out against claims that a major sporting event will increase “sex trafficking” in their city. In the lead up to the Grey Cup, a football event, government officials have set up over $45,000 CAD worth of funds to combat “human trafficking” in Winnipeg. The funds will be used to set up a phone hotline and an awareness campaign called Buying Sex is Not a Sport.

LGBT, Sex Worker and Haitian Women's Groups Demand Human Rights in Dominican Republic

Local LGBT, sex worker, and Haitian women’s groups are speaking out against the violation of their rights in the Dominican Republic, reports Diario Libre. Haitian women and members of the LGBT community are often cited as victims of “sex trafficking” in the Dominican Republic. Many work in the sex industry due to job discrimination. NSWP’s Briefing Paper, Sex Work is Not Trafficking, explores this topic.

Stigmatising Health Services Harm Sex Workers in Zimbabwe

Stigmatisation and discrimination of sex workers at hospitals has been identified as one of the key barriers in accessing health services, a study has shown.

The study, conducted by the Center for Sexual Health and HIV/AIDS Research (CeSHHAR) indicates that, in some hospitals and clinics in Zimbabwe, sex workers face hostile reception from health care providers and this hampers their access to HIV related treatment and care.

Backpage Responds to Credit Card Crackdown by Offering Free Ads

The online classified web site, long used by sex workers as a low-cost means of advertising their services and screening clients, has announced that it is allowing users to post ads for free to the adult services section of its site.

Visa and MasterCard Cut Sex Workers Off from Advertising Site

On Tuesday the 30th of June, MasterCard announced that its credit cards can no longer be used to pay for ads on the website, following a request from Chicago’s Cook County Sheriff Thomas Dart, who claimed the site is used by sex traffickers. The following day Visa announced that it, too, would no longer allow its credit cards to be used to make transactions through the website.

Nepalese Army imposes curfew in outdoor post-Earthquake camps to ‘stop prostitution’

On 28 May, 2015, the Nepalese Army imposed a strict 8pm curfew on entering and exiting the central Kathmandu, Tundikhel field where over a 1000 people are currently residing in tents following the 25 April 8.1 magnitude earthquake, which killed over 8000 people and left hundreds of thousands of people displaced.

Maggie de Vries | The Red Umbrella -- Sex Work, Stigma & the Law


Maggie de Vries on this TED Talk exposes her own life story in order to expose the stigma and discrimination around sex work.

Maggie remarks on how she had to come to terms with the life that her sister Sarah lived.

Copa do Mundo, tráfico de mulheres e prostituição

A Copa do Mundo é um pretexto para boatos e disparates sobre tráfico de mulheres exploradas sexualmente, e esses boatos são pretextos para oprimir a prostituição. Esses boatos surgiram na Copa do Mundo de 2006 na Alemanha, na de 2010 na África do Sul e na Copa de 2014 no Brasil, e nada foi comprovado.

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The Sex Workers’ Opera Returns for International Women’s Day

Following January’s sold-out run of shows at the Arcola Theatre, London, the Sex Workers’ Opera is returning for a one-off performance to mark International Women’s Day 2015.